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Porirua Criterium Results

July 6, 2010

Perfect conditions greeted competitors on Sunday morning for the Porirua criterium with bright sunshine and hardly a breath of wind. Paddlers were sent off using a handicap start to complete 10 laps of a 1km circuit. At the completion of each lap, paddlers were awarded points based on their position in the field as they crossed the line.

The final starters were giving up two laps to the first starters, however one of those, Glen Muirhead, still managed to work his way through the field to post a competitive points total. In the end though novice paddler, Taylor Radonovich narrowly prevailed (142 points) having successfully convinced the handicapper to give her an early start. Just two points behind in second place was Sandy Winterton with third place going to Brogan Coburn.

It was great to see a few paddlers trying to outwit those racing around them to get the extra points at the completion of laps. And being multiple laps of a small circuit it is good training having to accelerate out of corners and trying to corner at speed.

A special mention should go to Daniel “The man” Albert. Daniel managed fifth place despite breaking a rudder after a good start and having to change boats mid race. One can only guess how costly that might have been.

Full results can be found here.

The next race on the Mana calendar is the Pauatahanui Duathlon on Sunday 18 July, the second race in the Mana kayak / run duathlon series. For details of this and other upcoming races, see the Events page on our website.

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